Why is it then, no where, we find Rajiv Gandhi's paternal grandfather's name?It appears that the reason is simply this. Rajiv Gandhi's paternal grandfather was a Muslim gentleman from the Junagadh area of Gujarat.
This Muslim grocer by the name of Nawab Khan, had married a Parsiwoman after converting her to Islam.
This is the source where from the myth of Rajiv being a Parsi was derived.Rajiv's father Feroze, was Feroze Khan before he married Indira, againstKamala Nehru's wishes.
Feroze's mother's family name was Ghandy
, often associated with Parsisand this was changed to Gandhi,sometime before his wedding with Indira, by anaffidavit.
The fact of the matter is
(and this fact can be found in many writings)
Indira was very lonely. Chased out of the Shantiniketan University by Guru DevRabindranath himself for misdemeanor, the lonely girl was all by herself,while father Jawahar was busy with politics, pretty women and illicit sex;the mother was in hospital.Feroze Khan, the grocer's son was then in England and he was quitesympathetic to Indira and soon enough she changed her religion, became aMuslim woman and married Feroze Khan in a London mosque.